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Issue 1099

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Miguel Muziq: An Angel’s Healing (Viva La Música Records)

Miguel Muziq: An Angel’s Healing (Viva La Música Records) REVIEW



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UK release date 25.06.2021

Great melodies combined with colourful chordal progressions, seems to have established a new lane for this enterprising and highly gifted guitarist. His tone is crystal clear, revealing tasteful Spanish guitar fervour mixed with a sweet jazz tinge. Its powerful and richly historic mix of salsa, Latin jazz and hot bossa novas.

Guest trumpeter Keyon Harrald, who has quickly established himself as one of the industry’s most admired brass instrumentalists since emerging onto the scene brews up a storm mixing spaghetti western type playing with a more fluid modern jazz approach. This is a great match and his brother Emmanuel, an equally gifted musician, excels on his drum duties - especially the bossa novas where he could easily be mistaken for being a Brazilian musician.

Other members here include musicians from Gregory Porter’s band, including saxophonist Tivon Pennicott, and bassist Jahmal Nichols. Afro-Cuban horn player Jay phelps and Yelfris Valdes lend their expertise to various tracks and percussionist Jansen Santana makes a fervent splash too.

While the sonics shift and evolve and are gracefully placed in order across subsequent tracks, it all highlights a well-honed and constructed album with top-notch ensemble playing. “Frith Street”, an ode to world-famous jazz club, Ronnie Scott’s, and shows a strong composer’s streak in this brilliant guitarist’s arsenal.

“Salsa Numero Uno” is delightful too, sounding like something off Ray Barreto’s "Acid" album. All in all, this is a most satisfying effort from a fresh and crisp sounding artist, who is generous enough to leave the lion’s share for all of us to feast on! This is as promising as it gets!
Words Emrys Baird

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